Virginia Touch, The
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by BeerSox:
4.65/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located in a small rural town that seems very nice. You can see the farmers riding around on bikes down main street. The store isn't obvious, but if you know where to look then it's easy to find. I believe it's also a print shop. Walking in the store you see small items that you would find in a gift shop, including snacks. The bottles are toward the back, where there is a wine section and a beer section.
Walking down the aisle to your left there are stacks of six packs, which you can break to make a mix pack, or case.
The beer section has every size bottle, including just about every shape, from every country that makes beer. If you can't find it here, then it probably doesn't make it to anywhere in Virginia. This is the best selection I have seen out of Texas, Virginia, and Atlanta so far.
Toward the back there is a counter where there is beer tasting. According to the website there is a tasting every Saturday from Noon to 4PM. The person doing it seemed knowledgable, though I didn't catch his name. In fact, the entire staff knew their beer. The owner, Mark, has probably tried most of the beers available.
The prices are fair. About $1.70 for a single 12oz, unless it's a small batch beer. The larger beers are closer to $6 or $7. There is a 10% discount for mixed sixers, and a 15% for mixed cases. There is a 20% discount for straight cases.
The only bad thing about this place is it's an hour away from me. If you make a trip out here you may as well stock up, especially since there are heavier discounts for cases than six packs. Great selection, good prices. Why not make a road trip?
04-19-2008 19:22:28 | More by BeerSox
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev -0.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I just returned from here and the selection is real good and I brought home a nice little stash of some not so common treats. The customer service was great and very helpful, the owner even told me that if I was interested in any hard to find brews he could try to order some for me and I could pick them up there. You can break sixes to make your sixes or cases (better discounts on cases). Good selection of american craft brews, including some west coast stuff, and Belgium brews. Definately worth the hour drive but now for the bad news I was speaking with the owner and he told me that he is going out of business at the end of July. He stated that business wasn't good enough to support paying the rent and that most of his customers come from elsewhere and isn't very supported by the locals. Hurry if you can.
06-17-2008 21:44:05 | More by tdt560
5/5 rDev +5.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Okay...this is simply THE best beer store I have been in to date. This might come as a surprise since it is tucked away in the little town of Berryville, VA but nonetheless it is spectacular. First, there is a beer selection with over 500 beers, both imports and domestics. If there is something you can't find there ask the owner Mark if he has it in the back (he usually keeps a private stock back there) and if he doesn't he'll order for you! Second, he offers discounts on beer depending on how much you buy....the more you buy the more you save. I haven't been in hardly any beer shops that do this. Third, every Saturday from noon - 4pm there is a FREE beer tasting. I have yet to go where the beer is repeated in tastings (I go every weekend over summer) and there are 5 or 6 beers to try each weekend, depending on that weeks theme. You can make a fantastic weekend trip to this place and you won't regret it. A must stop for every beer advocate!
01-18-2008 21:28:55 | More by VaTechHopHead
4.7/5 rDev -0.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in here on my way home from NC and was pretty surprised. I found the place on BeerFly and decided I should swing in. Small store sittin behind a gas station at an intersection right in the middle of this little town. Don't be fooled by all the shipping signs in the window...they do that too. When you walk in you may think you are in the wrong place but just turn to the left and head to the back, right corner of the store. They have Stone, Lagunitas, Left Hand, Avery, DFH, 3F, Smuttynose, Unibroue, Old Dominion, BlueGrass Brewing, Speak Easy and a bunch of others. They also have a good selection of wines for the Mrs. The only problem is that they only sell singles...but they don't really have room for sixers anyway. The owner was very helpful and told me to come back on a Saturday between 12 and 4 for a beer tasting. Nice little pit stop during my travels that I am sure to make again.
EDIT: I just made another stop here today (6-20-07) and this place has gotten even better. They enlarged the beer section and even added a small cooler way in the back. I dropped over $100 in here...again. I have updated the selection score from 4 to 4.5 to reflect the increased offerings. If you're near here, it's a must stop!
07-08-2006 16:35:34 | More by Imstillthegman
4.65/5 rDev -1.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Virginia Touch is quite simply the greatest thing about Berryville, Virginia; I only wish that it was in larger nearby Winchester, but still worth the short drive! Nice selection of Virginia wines and local products, but the true gem is the beer selection, almost all available in singles as well. They currently offer 375 beers (they have to have something like half of the top 100 beers from BeerAdvocate), specializing in Belgian and growing their mead selection. Reasonable prices for beers and excellent quality control. Amazing selection for such a small location. Almost all the important players from the east and west coasts are represented, including: Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, Anderson Valley, Stone, Avery, Unibroue, Smuttynose, Allagash, Thirsty Dog, Brooklyn, Clipper City & Old Dominion.
Bottom line: when I come home to visit family in Winchester, this is where I go to pick up some good beer. If you are there on a weekend, then check out the weekly Saturday beer tasting (see website for details). Mark will give you lots of great information and is pretty much the nicest guy around! By a gas station at the intersection of 340 and 7(business) in downtown Berryville. About 10-15 minutes from I-81 Winchester.
06-07-2006 18:43:19 | More by rokoch27
Virginia Touch, The in Berryville, VA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.